Poor maintenance blamed for dangerous ladder collapse

A COAL mine worker was lucky to avoid serious injury when the ladder he was climbing collapsed at an emulsion tank at a Queensland open pit coal mine.

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There was no maintenance strategy in place for the ladder.

The worker was using the ladder to check the emulsion tank.

He was making his way back down the ladder with three points of contact when the second step from the top failed on one side.